Does West Point Commission Pilot’s?

2025mustelse

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I was told by a s source that there are a lot of pilot slots out of West Point, but I’ve been unable to corroborate this information.
 

Soldiergriz

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West Point produces helicopter pilots. Apaches, Blackhawks, Chinook are the platforms.
 

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I was told by a s source that there are a lot of pilot slots out of West Point, but I’ve been unable to corroborate this information.
Yes, the Army has an Aviation branch. Primarily it is rotary-wing, but there is some fixed-wing. I don't know if it's still the case, but at one time the Army had more platforms than the Air Force.
 

raimius

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Total aircraft numbers are pretty close, last I heard. Most Army officer pilots are more to supervise and lead the unit, vs "line flyers." AF pilots are officers and make up both the line flyers and leadership, so they usually get more flight time than Army officer pilots. (Army Warrants usually get quite a bit of time.)

*There are some UAS enlisted pilots in the AF, for the Global Hawks.
 

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I was told by a s source that there are a lot of pilot slots out of West Point, but I’ve been unable to corroborate this information.
To answer your question simply....YES, USMA does Commission pilot billets with the accompanying additional ADSO. I believe it is like Branching any other specialty, you need to go thru the "new" branching process, use Bradso if needed and then complete the flight school and medical. As stated by @raimius, the numbers of acft both rotary and fixed are pretty high, but again as an Officer you primary duties after your first tour will likely be supervision, training, or administration, the majority of Army pilots are Warrant Officers.
 
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